Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Fremont, California       A spiritual community of open minds,
                                  nurturing growth and healing in ourselves and all people.
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This Sunday's Service
2015-2016 Canvass
LEAF Stone Garden
Retirement Planning Basics
Adult RE
Connections Presents
Social Justice
Community Office Hours
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April 22, 2015


It is getting close to time for me to say goodbye to Mission Peak UU. My contract as Intern Minister concludes on June 30, and in compliance with guidelines established by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the UU Minister's Association, I will not be able to have contact with Mission Peak UU or its members for three years after concluding my internship.

This doesn't mean I won't be able to speak to you if we meet at an event like General Assembly or out in public, but I will have to draw some pretty solid boundaries around email, facebook, and phone contacts. All of those will have to end if I am to move forward into my professional ministry and for Mission Peak UU to move forward without me. As much as I have enjoyed my time here, and as much as I love the people, I must comply with the guidelines that are a part of my covenant with the denomination and my colleagues.


I look forward to the remaining two months we have together: to the successful conclusion of this year's canvass, to the flower communion, to District Assembly next weekend, and to General Assembly in June. There is a lot of time left for us to work together and be in ministerial relationship. Please reach out to me if you want to know more about how these rules work.


In Peace,



This Sunday's Service -  April  26, 2015

Anger and Mindfulness

Anger is a pretty universal experience, but its hardly ever talked about. What goes on in our bodies and minds when we get angry, and more importantly, what can we do about? Come learn from mindfulness, and a bunch of kids about the secret to overcoming anger. 


Leading the service will be Rev. Jeremy D. Nickel and Worship Associate Sharon Davis. Music will be provided by Eric Niessner.   
2015-2016 Canvass


Thank you to everyone who already turned in pledge cards! The Stewardship Committee will be wrapping up the collection of pledge cards this Sunday, April 26th. Pledge cards can be turned in by mail in the envelope provided, or by bringing them in to the service on Sunday and participating in our ritual close of the canvass.


Our theme "Expanding Minds, Opening Hearts, Effective Leadership" outlines three areas our Congregation has suggested we expand our work. This growth will allow us to serve the Congregation and Community in more meaningful ways:

  • Create a three-quarter-time Director of Religious Education. This will allow us to expand our education offerings to individuals, families, and to the Community.
  • Grow Our Volunteer Coordinator position. The creation of the Stone Garden was a glimpse into what is possible. The Congregation is in a position where coordinating volunteers, both within the Congregation, and in the broader Community, will give Mission Peak UU more visibility, more reach and much more impact.
  • Effective Volunteer Structure and Leadership. We are beginning discussions on how Leadership Development should be more of a priority at Mission Peak UU in our Committees, in volunteer roles and in the Community to make our volunteer satisfaction, communication and impact more effective.


In the past several years support for the Canvass Campaign has been flat, varying less than 1% in the last 4 years. We understand the unsettled economy has put us all in positions to make very difficult choices. We ask you now to consider what value Mission Peak UU brings to your life and the people around you? By adding these three goals in the coming year, what will this bring to the Community?


Knowing your financial commitment for the next year when we make our budget helps our congregation plan boldly yet conscientiously. We are confident this year's Canvass will show a strong commitment to nurturing Mission Peak with your time and treasure.


Our goal is 100% participation! We ask every member turn in their pledge card!


Leaf Stone Garden
Winter vegetables being harvested
Leaf Stone Garden Update

All of the winter veggies have been harvested and pulled out - the total amount of winter veggies donated is 205 pounds - mostly kale, collards, lettuce, chard as well as some broccoli, cabbage and fava beans. The garden is being prepped for the planting of the spring/summer vegetables. Thanks to Shyno, Mellicent and the 2 Averroes High School students for all their hard work!

The next two work parties for the LEAF Stone Garden are listed below: 
  • Sunday, April 26 from 1-3 pm; Take down winter vegetables, prepare for summer vegetables, sort usable items, spread mulch and general garden maintenance.
  • Saturday, May 2 from 1-3 pm; Plant summer crops, sort usable items, general garden maintenance.
Getting the garden ready for spring/summer vegetables

For more information, please go to the LEAF website at www.fremontleaf.org or contact Mellicent Fraticelli at melfraticelli@comcast.net.  


Also, visit Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/423124737822704/?pnref=lhc for the latest postings.


Greenhouse is almost complete
Adult Re
Retirement Planning Basics
Saturday  May 2       1:00 - 3:30 pm        Ockerman 7/8   
Tony Bruguier will cover the retirement basics and explain strategies to avoid taxes and fees. He will go over the various retirement plan types (e.g. 401(k), 403(b), IRA, ...), the various funds you can invest in (e.g. bonds vs stocks, passive vs active management), investment methods (e.g. rebalancing, dollar-cost-averaging). He will also provide a "cookbook" strategy that should apply to the vast majority of investors but also give you the tools to understand why this strategy makes sense. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you are 18 or nearing retirement age.

Contact Linda Messia to rsvp at 510 792-1539 or email lmessia@yahoo.com
Adult RE
Your Mysterious Mind: New Insights into Baffling Enigmas 
A two-part workshop series with Dr. Chris Schriner 
Mondays, May 4 & 11, 7-9 p.m. Ockerman Bldg. #3/4, 20 spaces

What is consciousness and where is it located? Does it dwell within a non-physical soul? Is it located inside of the brain? And if it is in the brain, why is it so maddeningly difficult for scientists and philosophers to explain how this is so?


For over 20 years Dr. Chris Schriner has studied mind, brain, and consciousness. In this two-part workshop he will present several seemingly insoluble puzzles about conscious experience and suggest ways of solving these conundrums. He will also offer opportunities for personal experimentation and reflection.


Chris' book: Your Living Mind: The Mystery of Consciousness and Why It Matters to You is recommended but not required reading for this program. Copies will be available from Chris before the class and at the two workshop sessions. They are also available from Amazon.com. Click:



Dr. Schriner is a retired psychotherapist and Minister Emeritus of our congregation. For more information contact revschriner@aol.com.
Connections Presents
A Weekend of Workshops to Compassionate Communication with LaShelle Lowe-Charde

Compassionate Communication (also called Nonviolent Communication (NVC)) and Mindfulness practice provide clarity about why things don't work and practical tools that naturally open the heart. Working from this new framework, relationships with yourself and others become easier and more fulfilling.




Friday, April 24      An Introduction                         7pm - 9pm        Free

Saturday, April 25  Compassionate Communication     9am - 5pm        $80

Sunday, April 26     Reactivity Inside and Out           10am - 2pm        $40


Where Connections, 39055 Hastings St., Suite 106, Fremont, CA 94538

Registration: www.wiseheartpdx.org, or call 503-544-7583


LaShelle Charde is a certified Compassionate/Nonviolent Communication (NVC) trainer who trained with Marshall Rosenberg and other internationally known NVC trainers and who has led several earlier workshops for the Mission Peak community.  

NAMIWalk 2015  
NAMIWalk 2015 - the Peak Survivors

Katherine Rubie and Kathryn Lum are walking for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) because we want to let people who are suffering from mental illness know that they are not alone - that there are people out there who understand what they are going through and who can help them to survive and recover.

NAMI offers vital free classes and support groups for those living with mental health challenges and their families.  They also are very active in advocating for legal issues on behalf of the mentally ill.  They never charge for their services - they are a nationwide grassroots organization that gets all its funding from donations.

Would you be willing to help support us by making a donation or by joining us as a walker in the annual San Francisco Bay Area NAMIWalk?  It is scheduled for Saturday, May 30th in Golden Gate Park.  All proceeds will go to benefit the local Alameda County chapter of NAMI.

To donate to or to join Mission Peak's walking team (we're called the Peak Survivors), go to the website namiwalks.nami.org/mpuuc.  Alternatively, you can give one of us a check payable to NAMIWalk SFBay Area.  Thank you very much!

Social Justice
Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice committee has gotten a lot of great ideas for next year's social justice project and now we need to know which project you can help with.  Here are the ideas that have been submitted:

Payday loans
Human trafficking
Equal protection of law
Food justice
Mental Health education to include police and family education
Gender non-conforming children
Fair trade
Quality of school cafeteria food
Foster kids to include activities, welcoming families, big brother/big sister, training, donations and CASA workers
Food Justice
Rent Control/Renter Protections

If you can help organize an activity or service on one of these topics, or if you would be willing to be on the steering committee to help organize a year-long social justice project based on one of these ideas please contact the Social Justice Committee, specifically Allysson McDonald at allyssonmcdonald@gmail.com or Melissa Holmes at

Please use the following link to access the application:  http://mpuuc.org/activities/socialjustice.html.

Everyone is invited to stay for a brief meeting after the Sunday, May 3 service to prioritize the list.
Community Office Hours
Rev. Nickel's upcoming dates

I am always interested in suggestions for new places, times and ways that this could work better for you, so if you have an idea, please drop me a line, it is as easy as clicking right here.  And of course I am also always available by personal appointment all days except Monday.

Thursday, May 7  
2 - 4 PM 
7324 Thornton Ave 
Mission Peak UU
Calendar of Upcoming Events

April 19
Exploring Mortality 11:30-1:00 pm
Coming of Age Meeting 4:15-6:45 pm
Jeremy's Cioffee Hours Mission Coffee 11-1 pm
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 7-9 pm


Leaf Stone Garden Work Party 1-3 pm
Coming of Age Meeting 4:15-6:45 pm
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 7-9 pm

May 1
COM Committee Retreat 9-1 pm

Retirement Planning Basics  1-3:30 pm

Leaf Stone Garden Work Party 1-3 pm
Your Mysterious Mind: New Insights Into Baffling Enigmas 7-9 pm
Buddhist Meditation and Study Group 7-9 pm
Worship Associates Training 10+1 pm

Who We Are

Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fremont was founded in 1993. We are a member congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.


Mission Peak members determine its policies, choose its minister, and support it financially.


We affirm and promote these UUA Principles and Purposes:

  • The inherent worth and dignity of every person
  • Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
  • Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations
  • A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in our society at large
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part

We invite you to join us and add your commitment to ours. Mission Peak is a living and changing congregation, responsive to the spiritual needs of its members. With the leadership of our minister, we search for ways to fulfill ourselves as individuals and as a community. Joining us is a commitment to this process. 


Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 545 Fremont, CA 94537-0545

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